Texas Weekend Getaway: Bear Creek Smokehouse

Looking for your next weekend getaway in Texas? Discover Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall, Texas. Planning a weekend getaway around a restaurant may sound a bit out of the norm, but take it from me – it was such a fun escape from the city, and I can’t wait to share more about it today!

As a travel blogger who usually spotlights luxury resorts around the world, I received countless messages on Instagram inquiring where I was and why I was posting so many photos with longhorns and farm animals. Truth be told, I love a small town getaway just as much as an exotic vacation. There’s nothing quite like the fresh country air and peacefulness of nature that really allows me to reset from the hustle of life and truly enjoy a weekend of serenity.

About Bear Creek Smokehouse:

Regarded as the “Finest Tourist Trap in Texas”, Bear Creek Smokehouse in Marshall, Texas is a must-visit for any food enthusiast. Situated in a picturesque country setting, this restaurant and general store offers a delightful combination of delicious food and a Western ambiance. Not only is the restaurant an experience in itself, Bear Creek also offers the most charming cottage to rent on property to savor the full experience for a weekend stay. 

Bear Creek Smokehouse is a beloved establishment known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as its mouthwatering BBQ. The restaurant has a rustic charm that adds to its unique appeal, and it’s no surprise travelers visit from all over the world to experience the amazing cuisine and charming atmosphere. Bear Creek has been a local favorite for years and has garnered a reputation for serving some of the best BBQ in the region.

Bear Creek Smokehouse

After dining in the restaurant, take some time to explore the general store. There are endless samples of local favorites, and be sure to stock up on goodies to bring home for your next gathering! Once you’ve finished your shopping, grab a rocking chair on the porch and soak in the environment. From the country landscapes to the adorable animals roaming the property (the minis were my favorite), it’s the perfect place for a weekend of R&R. 

One of the highlights of our weekend at Bear Creek was spending time with the owners, Robbie and Tracy. They went above and beyond to give us a full Texas experience and shared all about the history of the establishment, a tour of the property, let us ride a longhorn (that was a first – highly recommend!), and shared allll of the best meals Bear Creek has to offer. If you have the chance to say hi to the owners over your visit, you will be greeted with the warmest hospitality! We had the absolute best time! 

Bear Creek Smokehouse


Bear Creek Smokehouse is conveniently located at 10851 US-80 E, Marshall, Texas, making it easily accessible for both locals and travelers passing through the area. If you’re traveling from Dallas, it’s less than a 3 hour drive!

The Cottage: 

If you’re traveling to Marshall, Texas, I highly recommend reserving the Bear Creek Cottage at The Creek. The three bedroom home is newly renovated with beautiful furnishings, perfect for a stay with friends or family. The cottage is located conveniently next to the Smokehouse, so you can easily dine next door and cozy up for a relaxing night on the porch with wine and cheese from the Bear Creek General Store. 

What to Eat:

Of course, the star attraction at Bear Creek Smokehouse is the BBQ. The restaurant also offers a selection of delicious sides and appetizers to complement your meal, as well as a variety of other entrees for those who prefer something other than BBQ. Food coma should be expected! 

The restaurant’s rustic decor and warm atmosphere make it an ideal spot for a cozy dinner with friends or a romantic evening. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring that your dining experience is both relaxed and enjoyable.

Bear Creek Smokehouse

After your meal, consider taking a stroll around the beautiful grounds to fully appreciate the serene countryside setting. Whether you’re a local or simply passing through, Bear Creek Smokehouse is a destination worthy of a visit for any food lover.

Visiting Bear Creek Smokehouse promises to be a delightful culinary experience, with its delectable BBQ, inviting ambiance, and hospitable service. Whether you’re a foodie seeking the perfect BBQ or simply looking for a memorable dining experience in Marshall along your next road trip, Bear Creek Smokehouse is a great choice.

Regardless of your reasons for visiting Marshall, Texas, a meal at Bear Creek Smokehouse is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

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Bear Creek Smokehouse

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